U.S. Physics Team Travelers Selected for the 2018 International Physics Olympiad
L-R: YuQing Xie, Gopal Goel, Michele Song, Daniel Zhu, Anthony Ou
Contact: Dave Wolfe, Director of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2018, College Park, MD — Five students have been selected to represent the U.S. Physics Team as the 2018 Traveling Team at the 49th International Physics Olympiad, a competition among high-school physics students, to be held July 21 –29, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. They will be accompanied by coaches JaiJai Dong, Mark Eichenlaub, and Paul Stanley.
The Traveling Team members are:
The students attended a rigorous training camp at the University of Maryland, where, they had the opportunity to improve their laboratory and problem solving skills, hear special lectures by prominent physicists, and interact with other exceptional physics students from all over the United States. The training camp experience is immensely valuable for the students. The instruction provides an introduction to university style teaching and equipment. Students become familiar with aspects of first year university curricula in physics which in turn accelerates their studies during their remaining time in high school.
The coaches for the 2018 U.S. Physics team are: Paul Stanley, Academic Director; Jia Jia Dong, Co-Academic Director; Mark Eichenlaub, Senior Coach; Michael Winer and Abijith Krishnan, Junior Coaches; and Nicholas D. Sparks, Coach.
Funding and Sponsorship
The U.S. Physics Olympiad Program was started in 1986 by AAPT to promote and demonstrate academic excellence. It continues to be supported as a joint initiative between AAPT, AIP, and the member societies of the American Institute of Physics:
The U.S. Physics Team is sponsored by the generous support of private donors, the American Institute of Physics and the member
societies of the American Institute of Physics:
Funding for the U.S. Physics Team also depends on donations from concerned individuals and organizations. Contributions are entirely used to support the selection, training, and travel of the team. Donations to the U.S. Physics Team are accepted online.
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AAPT is an international organization for physics educators, physicists, and industrial
scientists—with members worldwide. Dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching, AAPT
provides awards, publications, and programs that encourage teaching practical application of physics principles, support continuing
professional development, and reward excellence in physics education. Founded in 1930, the Association is headquartered in the
American Center for Physics at College Park, Maryland.